Afloral.com DIY – Matching Bouquet and Boutonniere

 

You can create your own wedding bouquet with silk flowers and use the leftover materials to create your groom’s boutonniere. See how below!

DIYStartFollow these easy steps to create your own bouquet and boutonniere.

1) First you will need to gather the supplies. For this project you will need silk flowers, floral tape, pixie pins, boutonniere pins, ribbon, scissors, glue gun, and wire cutters.

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2) For the next step you want to decide how you want your bouquet to look. Once you have your design idea, start taping your flowers together a few at a time. Tape three or four together, then add a few more and tape it again.

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3) Once you have all the flowers taped together that you want in your bouquet, you need to tape the stems from top to bottom.

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4) Now that your bouquet is formed and taped up, you can use your wire cutters to cut the stems and create a nice clean line at the bottom of your bouquet. Take your ribbon and pin it to the front of your bouquet to secure it in place. Then you can start to wrap it around the base of your bouquet to cover the tape.

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5) Cut the ribbon at the end and use your glue gun to secure the bottom. I decided to add another ribbon to create a crisscross pattern and used the glue gun to secure it as well. Then I added another pixie pin for extra hold and decoration.

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You’ve officially finished your bouquet! Now we will move on to the boutonniere.

6) You will need the same supplies and to pick some elements from your bouquet to create your boutonniere with. Here is what mine look like.

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7) Put the flowers together in the design that you like, then just like with the bouquet you tape them together with the floral tape and snip the bottom off with the wire cutters.

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8) Cut a piece of the ribbon you used on your bouquet and secure it to your boutonniere with the glue gun. Wrap it around the bottom, cut the end, and secure with the glue gun. I decided to add a little more detail with another ribbon around that. Once the boutonniere is together, all you need is a boutonniere pin and you’re finished!

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Now you have a matching bouquet and boutonniere!

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Afloral.com DIY – Ribbon Wedding Backdrop DIY

Make this easy and fun ribbon wedding backdrop for your special day!  Great for an arch or photos backdrop. Easy to make, all you need is a dowel from the hardware store a glue gun, ribbon, and silk flowers.

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Check out these easy steps to make your own ribbon backdrop.

1) First gather your supplies; various colors of ribbon, silk flowers, glue gun, scissors, pins, a pencil, and a wooden dowel. You could also use a shower curtain  rod, or design to go on a wedding arch.

 

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2) Next measure the length of the ribbon that will hang from the dowel.  Cut all the lengths of ribbon that you plan to use. Then wrap around rod at top.

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3) Next using a hot glue gun, glue to loop of ribbon wrapped around the dowel to secure it.  Use a pencil to push down on ribbon while it is drying, so you don’t burn your fingers. The glue will be very hot.

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4) After all ribbons have been looped on dowel and secured with hot glue, then hang the ribbon backdrop so that you can cut any ribbon to lengths you desire. You can then plan the placement of the silk flowers on the ribbon.

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5) Finally clip the stems off of silk flowers then, secure the flower heads onto the back of the ribbon at spaced intervals with  pins.

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Then sit back and enjoy your handy work!

 

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Afloral.com DIY – Beach Wedding Sandal

In this first Afloral.com DIY series learn how to create a beach wedding sandal!

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This simple yet beautiful wedding sandal can be made with many different silk flowers. In this DIY a simple Real Touch Dendrobium Orchid in Fuchsia was chosen.  Next, white ribbon, a glue gun, and scissors are all you need to create this eye catching beach sandal.

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1. Step One: Tie Ribbon. Adjust size to your foot then loop around toe and tie at the mid-point at the top of the foot. step-one-flower-sandal

Step 2. Decide where you want the flowers to lay while ribbon is on your foot and mark with a pencil.

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Step 3.  Measure out second ribbon for other foot and copy size and markings from first ribbon.step-four-flower-sandal

 

Step 4. Cut flowers from stem. Leave a small amount of stem to glue to ribbon.step-five-flower-sandal

 

Step 5. Cut a tiny hole where there is a pencil mark and insert the end of the flower stem. Insert stem into hole on back side of ribbon.step-six-flower-sandal

 

Step 6. Next add hot glue to secure stem to ribbon. step-seven-flower-sandal

Step 7. Add a length of ribbon with hot glue to cover any stems poking through.

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If you use this tutorial to make your own beach wedding sandals please send us photos, we would love to see them! They can be submitted here.  To order the items you see here visit the Flower Sandal DIY items page. Thanks and happy DIY!

 

 

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Coral and Navy Wedding Centerpiece ~ Jennifer’s Inspiration Board

Jennifer writes: I need help creating centerpieces for my wedding. I love hydrangea, roses, ranunculus, anemones.. My wedding colors are coral (more towards the pink, lighter shade), a blue that ranges from navy to a brighter blue and then ivory/white.

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You can see in the example photo that they used a navy table cloth to bring in the blue! If that doesn’t work for you, you can always bring in blue by using blue vases (possibly painting mason jars navy), wrapping a blue ribbon around your centerpiece vases, or even sprinkling some blue anemones into the arrangement.

Get the Goods:

Coral Roses

Cream Anemones

Cream Hydrangeas

Silver Mercury Accessories

Tallow Berries

Happy planning,
Afloral

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Fall Wedding Flowers DIY Bouquet ~ Cole’s Inspiration Board

Cole writes: We are having a outdoor wedding & reception in the fall. (Sept. 2014) I am sticking to the vibrant fall colors with orange being the primary. Other colors would be purple, red, yellow, green and pink. the theme is a combination of a rustic/vintage outdoor garden with barn thrown in.

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Check out this gorgeous fall bouquet you can easily recreate! Bring in the burlap and pink by wrapping the stems with burlap and thin pink ribbon (like the example).

Get the Goods:

Orange Dahlia

Yellow Roses

Yellow Orange Calla Lilies

Purple Fuji Mum

Purple Hydrangeas

Greenery – Seeded Eucalyptus

Burlap Ribbon

Pink Ribbon

Happy planning,
Afloral

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